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Household uses for mason jars

By on August 9, 2012
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Mason jars can be used to mix in, drink from, in the pantry for storage and as an organizing solution for many household items. You can make gifts inside them or use them as vases, too.
The first reader tip shares three more ways to use a mason jar:

 

Mason jar measuring:

Mason jars make great measuring “cups.”
1 cup = 1/2 pint jar
2 cups = pint jar
4 cups = quart jar
8 cups = half-gallon jar
I use my smaller mason jars to take salad to work (add dressing and shake to disperse the dressing evenly), and I fill large mason jars with water and keep them in the fridge to make sure I drink enough water during the day. — Peggy, Michigan

Box full of sunshine:

I just sent a Sunshine Box to a friend 1,000 miles away who is really having a rough time right now. It was so fun picking things out for her and putting a box together. Basically, you fill a box with yellow things! I picked things specifically for her interests, and I painted the inside of the box yellow, too! I got yellow tissue paper and shredded packing at the dollar store. I bought a bouquet of yellow silk sunflowers, cut the heads off and tucked them in amongst everything and on the top. It was so fun!

Things I included: A jigsaw puzzle with a yellow picture/scene (thrift store), Golden Oreos, Dots candy, Juicy Fruit gum, a spool of decorative yellow ribbon, yellow yarn, a package of scrapbooking cutouts, a small bottle of vitamin D3 (the sunshine vitamin), yellow paper plates (too hot to wash dishes) and kitchen towels. — S.B., forums

Bobby pin craft:

My daughter paints bobby pins with nail polish. She has a rainbow of colors, and rather than try to hide the bobby pins by matching her hair color, she shows off her painted pins and wears six or so at a time. — Lenore, Ohio

Decoupage:

After doing decoupage light switches, lamp shades, clay pots, dressers and tables, I found something else to use: my ceiling fan. It was starting to look outdated, so with a little Mod Podge and leftover gift wrap, I gave it a new look. You can use any decorative paper, including wallpaper or scrapbook paper. — Paula H., Florida

School clothes organizer:

I bought a Sterilite five-drawer unit and labeled the drawers “Monday” through “Friday.” I place my daughter’s clothes (socks and all) for each school day in the corresponding drawers on Sunday. It makes mornings easier during the week. — Linda H., New York

Clear containers:

My big tip is to use see-through glass containers for leftovers. If you cannot see them, you will forget about them. — O.H., Kentucky

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One Comment

  1. Karen Burke

    12/3/2012 at 5:18 pm

    Of all the gifts I gave my grand daughter, her favorite was a notebook she will be using for a journal. I purchased composition books when they were on sale for back to school. I have a wallpaper sample book with victorian floral prints. I took a sample and folded it as you fold paper to cover a school text book and covered the composition book. It makes a lovely gift for a teen or friend.

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